MOHALI, India (CMC):All-rounder Dwayne Bravo produced a four-wicket haul to become the first bowler to take 300 Twenty20 career wickets as new side Gujarat Lions trounced Kings XI Punjab by five wickets in the Indian Premier League here yesterday.The right-arm seamer finished with four for 22 from his four overs to restrict Kings XI to 161 for six off their 20 overs, after they were sent in at the PCA Stadium.Kings XI then cruised to their target with 14 balls remaining in the innings, thanks to a top score of 74 off 47 deliveries from Australian opener Aaron Finch. Dinesh Karthik struck an unbeaten 41 from 26 balls.The hosts got away to a great start, thanks to openers Murali Vijay, who stroked 42 and Manan Vohra, who scored 38, in a 78-run stand.Left-arm spinner Ravi Jadeja (2-30) claimed both before Bravo went to work on the remainder of the innings.Bravo, who was vital to West Indies’ capture of the Twenty20 World Cup last week, bowled Australian Glenn Maxwell for two with a yorker at 101 for three in the 12th over to move to 299 wickets and two balls later, also shattered South African David Miller’s stumps for 15 with a slow yorker that dipped.In reaching 300 wickets, the 32-year-old Bravo surpassed Sri Lankan speedster Lasith Malinga, who sits on 299 wickets.Narine returns to IPLMeanwhile, champion off-spinner Sunil Narine is set to return to India today and could make a highly anticipated appearance for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in tomorrow’s mega clash against Mumbai Indians.KKR team officials confirmed yesterday that the 27-year-old off-spinner was scheduled to arrive this morning from Trinidad and Tobago, after returning home over a week ago following the death of his father.While in Trinidad, Narine was cleared by cricket’s world governing body, the ICC, to resume bowling in international cricket, a development that provided a huge boost to KKR ahead of the current IPL season.Narine had been banned by the ICC last November, after tests showed his action on all deliveries, exceeded the 15 degree level of tolerance permitted under regulations.He was forced to remodel his action and late last month successfully underwent a retest at the Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai.
In a move to arrest the rapid decline of the Young Warriors Cricket Club of Berbice, an Interim Management Committee (IMC) has been formed — last weekend — to bring the club back to its former glory.Former BCB President Anil Beharry sits front and centre in a photo op with the newly instated Interim Management Committee of the Young Warriors Cricket ClubBased in Cumberland, East Canje, the Club has only recently produced its first Test player in Shimron Hetmyer, and current players and concerned members of the community have called on its former players, senior administrators and former Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) President, Anil Beharry, to help this process.In an invited comment, Beharry said it was bleeding his heart to see how, after over two decades of progress, the club had declined so rapidly within a short period of time. He said he had been closely following the work of the club, and was so disappointed that the club could not even put together a first division team in most cases, thereby missing out on a few junior tournaments run by the Board.Beharry added that many of the players were also fed-up at the decline of the infrastructure, and were pleading for assistance for the club, which he was acceding to.He said now is the time for the club to strive further, after producing a star like Hetmyer, only the second cricketer from the Canje area, after Leonard Baichan, to play international cricket for the West Indies.Beharry promised he would do what it takes to firstly regain the confidence of the club’s supporters, and then produce better resources.The committee of concerned members includes Suresh Sripal, Roshan Sattaur, Vishal Mohabir, Suno, Seon Hetmyer, Suresh Dhanai and Linden Austin.Amir Khan will be the designated Secretary; Kwasi Maltay coach; Gladstone Hetmyer and Satanand Mohabir will share the work of the post of Manager. Austin will head the venue preparation, with Sripal in charge of the finance. Repairs and preparation of the venue have already begun.There are also plans for renovation and repainting of the buildings, purchasing of covers for the pitch, and procurement of a tractor to cut the outfield.The club is asking for assistance in any form to fulfill its plans. The members also promised the return of Mash Cup for 2019. Contact can be made with Beharry on 592-623-6875 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or any other club member, if one wishes to support the cause.
“Nothing slipped away when you lose a game like that,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. “They played a 48-minute game and we played a 36-minute game.” Bryant scored 28 of his game-high 39 points in the first half, but missed nine of 10 shots in the fourth quarter. The Lakers scored only 10 points in the final period and shot 19 percent from the field. The Suns, emboldened by a third-quarter offensive turnaround, came into the final period trailing by three but then dominated all facets of the game. The Suns scored only 21points in the fourth quarter but got the job done by harassing Bryant on every possession and getting back to their run-and-gun offensive roots. “Tempo, tempo, tempo,” Lakers forward Lamar Odom said. “We can’t play at their tempo. We won’t get any good looks offensively and we had the ball shoved down our throats. It was like a football game where you see a team run it and run it and run it until they score, and that’s what they did.” Leandro Barbosa, who scored 26 points off the bench to lead the Suns, scored the first five points of the fourth quarter to give Phoenix a 79-77 lead, the Suns’ first lead since midway through the first period. The Suns wouldn’t trail again. The Lakers missed 13 of their first 15 shots in the fourth quarter and had their fate sealed when Bryant missed a 3-pointer with the Lakers trailing 93-87 in the final minute. Kwame Brown, expected to be a big factor in the series, didn’t fare well. Brown had fourpoints and seven rebounds in 27 minutes while Suns center Amare Stoudemire had 23points and 12 rebounds. Odom totaled 17 points and 16 rebounds, but no other Laker had more points than Luke Walton’s 10. “We were a lot more determined and focused, I think, in the first half,” Walton said. “I don’t know what it was (in the second half) but we just kept letting them run the ball out and offensively, our missed shots gave them a chance to run. We’re confident that we can play with these guys and get wins, but if we play like we did in the second half, it’s not going to happen.” As poorly as the second half went for the Lakers, the first two quarters couldn’t have been better. The Lakers kept the Suns’ offense in control and led 23-18 after one quarter. Bryant scored the Lakers’ final 15 points of the first half and did all the damage in an 11-2 run that gave the Lakers a 48-39 lead at the break. Then the third quarter began. The Lakers kept the lead – and built it to 12 points on Brown’s layup three minutes into the period – but the comeback seeds had already been planted by the Suns, who got the Lakers to play the type of up-tempo style that carried the Suns to 61 regular-season victories. Barbosa scored 10 of his team-high 26 points in the third quarter, including a 31-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer to pull the Suns within three points heading into the final period. The Suns, who totaled just 39 points in the first half, outscored the Lakers 35-29 in the third quarter. Gone were the stagnant Suns, the ones who never found a rhythm in the first half. Also gone by the fourth quarter, at least figuratively, was Bryant, who disputed Jackson’s assertion that he ran out of gas. “I was fine,” Bryant said. “We didn’t execute like we did in that first half. So, as a consequence, my touches became a lot harder. When they were doubling and tripling me in the first half we did a good job of picking off the ball and I was able to catch it and operate. In the second half, we got away from that.” They also got away from their plan of making Steve Nash score, rather than set up teammates. It worked well in the first quarter as Nash had only one assist, but Nash finished with 20points and 10 assists. “I don’t know what you can attribute the offensive struggles to,” Nash said, “but that’s something I don’t think will be a factor very long. … We need to give (the Lakers) credit, because they played with a lot of energy, but it was good the way we were mentally, hung in there and relied on our defense.” The Lakers have now lost four consecutive playoff games, all to the Suns. email@example.com (818) 713-3611160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PHOENIX – The only thing more shocking than the collapse was what preceded it. After a season of strife, sixmonths of bickering and limping, poor defending and losing, the Lakers put it all together in the first half Sunday afternoon and put themselves within reach of a stunning victory. But then the Phoenix Suns – at least the version of them that is widely recognized – took the court. Suddenly, instead of a sputtering half-court offense, the Suns ran the floor with confidence, just when Kobe Bryant ran out of gas. The Lakers, expected to be a footnote to the Suns’ championship run, put up a fight but faded in a 95-87 loss in Game 1 of the first-round series in front of 18,422 at US Airways Center.